We actively engage with and are part of the communities where we are located. Helping to address the needs and concerns of these communities enhances our licence to operate, entrenches our reputation and is in line with our goal of being a responsible corporate citizen.
In each region where we operate, we invest in three key stakeholder groups: our customers, communities and employees. While each region has its own programme, these conform to common themes which are aligned with our business needs and priorities and which include education, local community support, the environment and health and welfare. We encourage employees to participate in outreach and community projects.
The bulk of our spend is allocated to the Southern African region, where the developmental needs are greater than in the other regions where we operate. For Sappi, ‘sustainable’ CSR projects are those which enable communities to progress further than they would have on their own – in other words, projects which allow people to leverage their energies and talents to sustain themselves, creating meaningful change.